The U.S. Open usually is the one tournament that gets to the pros, wears them down and pisses them off. And we love it. We love to watch these freakishly talented millionaires do what we do every time out: struggle to make par, gripe about the greens and beg for a break.
U.S. Opens typically has ball-swallowing rough to rile the players, but not this year. Pinehurst No. 2 has eliminated 35 acres of Bermuda rough. That's not good news, however, because with less resistance from thicker grass, balls will race from the fairway into sandy scrub, hardpan, pine straw, wiregrass, winged sumac, sassafras, prickly pear and a partridge in a pear tree.
Given that, it's time for you to pick this year's winner. You have until tomorrow morning's opening tee times to think about who will win and what his score will be come Sunday.
- Will Justin Rose repeat?
- Will Dustin Johnson, who almost won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, break through with a major?
- Will Rory McIlroy come roaring back?
- Will Phil Mickelson, finally, after a record six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, overcome a terrible 2014 of golf and possible trouble with the law over inside-trading issues and win this title to complete a career grand slam?
Will you be able to pick the winner? If you do and also predict his winning score (e.g. Webb Simpson, -5), we'll send you two boxes of balls of your choice. Simply go to the Forum and name your winner and his score. Good luck!